Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Catholic Diocese of Marquette is reporting credible allegations of sexual abuse against a retired Upper Michigan priest.
In a statement released this morning, the Diocese says allegations involving sexual abuse of male minors have been made against Father James Menapace.
Bishop John Doerfler says after consultation with the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, it was determined the allegations were credible and that a public announcement of the allegations should be made.
Menapace was ordained into the priesthood in 1963 and served as Assistant Pastor at St. Michael’s Parish in Marquette.
He also served in Sault Ste. Marie, Brimley, Manistique, Gulliver and at NMU, retiring in 1996.
The reported incidents occurred in the late 1990s after Menapace had retired.
The Diocese says the allegations have been reported to the authorities, Menapace has been removed from all public ministry and has been prohibited from presenting himself as a priest.